North Dakota Court System to Update 20-Year-Old Web Platform

The North Dakota court system has had the same operating system since 1999, and it's finally wrapping up an 18-month update in which the organizational structure, not content, will be brought into the 21st century.

by Jack Dura, The Bismarck Tribune / February 22, 2019

(TNS) — North Dakota's court system will soon reveal a "refreshed" website updating its 20-year-old platform.

State Court Administrator Sally Holewa said the new NDcourts.gov will likely roll out in the next week. The current website dates to 1999 and was primarily maintained by former North Dakota Supreme Court Justice Dale Sandstrom, who retired in 2016.

The project has been in the works for 18 months, involving an oversight committee comprising Justices Daniel Crothers, Jerod Tufte and court and information technology staff. Consultation for the new platform cost $5,100, Holewa said.

Planning for the new website included analyzing the current website's most used features. The public data access portal — where anyone may view civil and criminal court dockets and calendars — remains the most used, Holewa said.

The new platform mainly "reorganizes" what's already online, she added. There won't be much new content. The website name will remain the same.

The move follows a recent trend in state government as various agencies have rolled out new platforms, such as Secretary of State Al Jaeger's FirstStop hub for online business functions.

The state Information Technology Department has been working on IT "unification" since 2017, aiming for an "organizationally centric" approach to state government online.

And a new state logo unveiled in October sought an image for which to "unify" state agencies.

The "Be Legendary" brand is used by more than 25 state agencies, but a House bill seeks to replace the spare-styled logo in a contest.

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